"We kind of kept our powder dry hoping this type of opportunity would come to fruition and it did".
This is also great news for the Boston Bruins, though, beyond the obvious of essentially picking up a projected 2018-19 season sweep against an Ottawa team they outscored 18-to-5 in a four-game season series sweep a year ago. The superstar spent nine seasons playing for the Senators, and things certainly did not end on the best of terms. Karlsson said the deal still came as a shock but he is eager to begin work on a team that made the Stanley Cup Final in 2016 and lost to Vegas in the second round a year ago. And given what Ottawa's original asks for Karlsson were, and what some of the rumored-to-be interested teams offered, it's a massive disappointment for the Sens. "I don't know what the timeframe is on that because of his immigration and things like that, but we'll get him in here and then we'll start to look at some of those things".
San Jose is sending the Senators a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, a second-round pick in 2019, forwards Chris Tierney, Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, defenseman Dylan DeMelo and two conditional draft picks. The Senators have had ages to ensure that Karlsson didn't get to the point where they would lose him for nothing, and they failed to get it done. Maybe Karlsson gets hurt or underperforms (before or after they sign him to an extension), and maybe one of the players or picks sent the other way becomes a bonafide star.
They'll also receive a 2021 second-round pick if Karlsson re-signs, and that pick is upgraded to a first-rounder if San Jose also makes the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
Ottawa fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in double overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final in 2017, but struggled mightily last season, finishing 30th in the 31-team National Hockey League with just 67 points.
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A two-time Norris Trophy victor, Karlsson is a pending unrestricted free agent next July, due to break the bank as one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League.
The Sharks wanted to improve that unit this offseason and with Karlsson potentially setting up Burns for big point shots, they found the missing piece.
"They made it very clear with the direction they were going in - and I wasn't part of that", Karlsson said. "We're a team that's right there and I think he gives us for sure that extra credibility and that extra something that can win games at times". A two-time Norris Trophy victor as the NHL's top blueliner, he has 126 goals and 518 points in 627 games. "As you said, there's been a lot of noise for nearly a year now, but I never in my wildest imagination thought that I was going to leave this place".
"We all know when you get to a certain point it's best for all parties to move on", Dorion told reporters. "So the fact that Doug got it done, obviously we're ecstatic and can't wait to get to work with him".
The 24-year old Tierney was drafted 55th overall in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Sharks.
In 627 career games, the speedy native of Landsbro, Sweden, has 126 goals and 392 assists, while averaging just under 26 minutes a night.